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Iver O. Myhre, 1833-1905


Posted By: Emmet County IAGenWeb Coordinator (email)
Date: 2/25/2009 at 06:47:11


I. O. Myhre a Pioneer of High Lake Township is Dead.

I. [Iver] O. Myhre, a pioneer of Emmet county who settled in High Lake township in the year of 1865, and has been a resident of the county ever since, passed away to his reward Monday afternoon [8 May 1905]. Mr. Myhre was in his usual health up to the time of his death. He was aged about 71 years [born 29 Sep 1833 in Vang, Valdres, Norway] and leaves a wife and eight children to mourn his loss. He came to this country and took up a homestead in the year above designated and through all the vicissitudes of pioneer life went steadily on his way, making for himself and family a home to be proud of. He has raised a family of sons and daughters who take their places among the best people of the county. Always a sturdy, honest and upright citizen he has accumulated a competency for himself and wife and has been able to give his boys and girls material assistance in getting started in the world.

The funeral will be held from the home in High Lake township, Sunday afternoon at 1 o'clock conducted by Rev. Strand of the Norwegian Lutheran church, of which church he has been a lifelong member, and interment will take place in the Lutheran cemetery.

Iver was a son of Ole Trondsen Myhre and Dorthe Ivarsdatter Thune of Vang, Valdres, Norway. Iver came on a sailing vessel to America and went to Valders, Wisconsin where his sister Marit and husband, the Rier Riersons. were living. On October 3, 1861 he joined Company G of the 15th Wisconsin Infantry. He was wounded in a battle at Kenesaw Mountain in Georgia and taken to a hospital in Washington, D.C. Gangrene had set in his wound. When he was well enough he was transferred to a hospital in Madison, Wisconsin. He was discharged on January 13, 1865 and continued his recuperation at the home of his sister, Ambjor, in Decorah. That spring he decided to go to Emmet county and walked 125 miles to get there. He filed a homestead claim on the southwest quarter of Section 28 in High Lake township. He returned to Manitowoc, Wisconsin and married Anne Berge in August, 1865 at the First Lutheran Church there. In September he and his bride, accompanied by his brother, Andrew and wife and baby, arrived in Emmet county. Iver and Anne's first child, Dorthea Marie, was born December 1, 1866. Seven more children were born; they were Oliver, Oscar, Martin, Caroline, Albert, Henry, Emma, Annie, Theodore and Emma. Iver died of a heart attack at the age of 72 years and 7 months.

Contributed by: Ruth M. Hackett. Sources: Northern Vindicator, Estherville, Emmet County, Iowa, June, 1905; Ada Storhow Larsen Family Records.


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